ArtyGeek was hired for a pilot project to develop a simple UI prototype. They provided frontend development of web dashboards.
Demonstrating experience working on this type of project, the ArtyGeek team developed and provided good quality code. Together with great project management and timely delivery, they provided good value to this company, though their UX left something to be desired.
“The code quality was good as was the project management.”
Introduce your business and what you do there.
At the time of working with ArtyGeek, I was a part of Juniper Networks. I was an engineering manager for the software-defined networking product.
What was the scope of their involvement?
ArtyGeek was hired to develop a simple UI prototype for our company. The mockups were intended for all our web dashboards. We had no plans of involving them on the networking side.
How did you come to work with ArtyGeek?
We found ArtyGeek on Upwork and looked at their portfolio. I generally liked their design, which was the main purpose of hiring them. We realized that a full visual design would take a lot of time, so we started with a simple admin team, which was more generic and easier to get going. We gave ArtyGeek a small pilot project and, after a period, I realized that they were doing a good job. We added more members to the team, and ArtyGeek continued the project for 3–4 months.
How much have you invested with ArtyGeek?
I have moved on to a new position so I don’t have access to this information. I believe that the cost was between $8,000 and $10,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
The collaboration lasted for a few months. The contract ended in July 2017.
Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
The code quality is good. We haven’t required a lot of iterations after the initial review. I see ArtyGeek as a good frontend development team overall, at least the members who worked with us.
They performed well, but it was only a quick pilot project. I moved on before it ended, so I can’t mention any metrics. The work was delivered this month, and it may or may not be used, so it’s very difficult to comment.
How did ArtyGeek perform from a project management standpoint?
I liked working with their team. They are disciplined and deliver things on time. ArtyGeek has been working on this type of project for quite some time, and they have developed skills through which they can quickly get to a requirement and make sure it gets delivered on time.
One of the best parts of the engagement was project management. ArtyGeek is a good team for frontend development but, when it comes to visual design and creating a user experience, I didn’t get a chance to work with the right people.
What did you find most impressive about ArtyGeek?
The code quality was good, as was the project management. I have been working with teams and individual contractors for quite some time, and have preferred the latter. My experience with ArtyGeek was very good and, following it, I have started to consider working with other small design agencies.
Are there any areas ArtyGeek could improve?
I found them to be weaker on the UX and visual design side. There is a lot of room for improvement here. This was the original reason for hiring ArtyGeek, but we couldn’t spend so much time on the project. I wasn’t very confident that they could deliver the kinds of results we were looking for in a short span of time. Their overall portfolio is very good, though, and I can only speak for the designer we worked with.